Decision on graduate school

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Anna Hester

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Last semester, I made a big decision: I am not applying to graduate school.

My parents gasped in horror at the thought of me not continuing my education, but I just knew that it was not right for me at this point in my life.

Graduate school is a decision that every senior has to make: to go or not to go?

One of the biggest factors of whether to go to graduate school is the cost.

Graduate school is not free, nor is it cheap. I am currently debt-free, and going into debt over graduate school is not something I am comfortable with; however, entering the workforce, saving up, and attending graduate school later in life is something to be considered.

There are money-saving outlets available to those who are ready to attend graduate school right after graduation.

“I am applying for several different scholarships and internships in order to help me lessen the amount of loans I will have to take out,” said Ashley Bradley, a recent Troy graduate from Crossville.

“My dream job requires a doctorate degree, so grad school is a no-brainer. I just know that I need help getting there,” Bradley said.

In addition to the questions raised by cost, I also see graduate school as the comfortable option.

It would be easy to keep being a student, but I do not want to go to graduate school just because I am scared of the unknown.

Applying for jobs and preparing for post-graduation life can be a daunting task, but I am ready to experience new things. I am ready to identify myself as more than just a student.

I am not against the idea of attending graduate school. I am only advocating that students should give the decision their utmost attention.

Students should not feel pressured to attend graduate school just because they feel like it is the right thing to do. In some cases, it might not be.

If you’re on the fence about attending graduate school, Jerrid Olmstead, adjunct professor of communication, suggests that you consider how graduate school will affect your future goals.

“Look at your needs right now,” Olmstead advises. “Ask yourself if it’s necessary for you to go to grad school to achieve your career and life goals.”

Whatever you choose, make the decision for yourself. Weigh your own personal pros and cons, and do what is going to make you the happiest.

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